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“We Need Really Good Answers”

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

New director Condoleezza Rice has her eye on both continuity and challenge—and how Hoover can help answer some of our most urgent questions.

A Path to Economic Freedom

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

How to revive and strengthen our defenses of free market capitalism.

Don’t Go Overboard

by Raghuram Rajanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A wave of pandemic debt threatens to overwhelm future generations. We must make sure they don’t drown.

Billion-Dollar Strawman

by Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Protesters have been accusing Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos of being, well, rich. But he’s made the rest of us richer too.

The Fed: A Time for Vigilance

by Kevin Warshvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The central bank has great power. We need to make sure it exercises great responsibility—and great independence.

No Trust-Busting Required

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Accusations notwithstanding, the tech business is not a monopoly business. Competition, driven by innovation, is still the name of the game in tech.

Socialism’s False Promise

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Socialism cannot satisfy people’s hunger for autonomy, dignity—or even food. But bitter new politics have revived this failed ideology and hidden its failings.

Real Power to the People

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Only a liberal democracy can protect individuals and restrain rulers, and liberal democracy demands liberal education.

Unchecked, Unbalanced

by John Yoovia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

For centuries, federal power has been expanding at the expense of states’ healthy, proper role—and of individual freedom.

Markets Defeat Malthus

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Only free enterprise has the power to harmonize environmentalism with people’s needs—and to protect land, water, and air for future generations.

Green Power

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The world won’t recycle its way out of climate change. We need new and affordable sources of energy.

No More Mr. Nice China

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Beijing’s “peaceful rise” no longer serves the country’s rulers. Instead they have adopted “sharp power.”

Turmoil in the Home Waters

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Beijing isn’t seeking control over the high seas—where US fleets remain dominant—but over the “inner seas,” where dangerous clashes with other nations are likelier.

Charter Schools Rising

by David Griffith, Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Black and low-income students are making faster gains in charter schools than in traditional ones.

The Coronavirus Scar

by Eric Hanushek, Ludger Woessmannvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

How can we reduce the lifelong learning losses many students have suffered? By making education’s “new normal” a better normal.

Strategy for a New Age

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Why has US policy in the Middle East lost its way, and America its authority? Because we have failed to embrace our new role in an “age of freedom.”

The Mideast, with No Illusions

by Russell A. Bermanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

In the Middle East, the United States can face its limitations, simplify its aims—and still represent a force for good.

At Home in the Anglosphere

by Andrew Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Post-Brexit Britain need not go it alone. A new federation with Canada, Australia, and New Zealand would create an economic superpower, an ally for the United States, and a bulwark against China.

Checks, Balances, and Guardrails

by Michael McConnellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The Constitution leaves the “how” of government largely to citizens’ wishes. Rule of law and individual rights shield us from political self-destruction.

Faithless Guardian

by Terry Anderson, Adam Crepellevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Federal oversight over land and development has kept Native American tribes in shackles. A recent legal ruling might loosen them.

Self-Canceling Culture

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

“Systemic racism” is a myth and a dodge.

How to Undo Racial Progress

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Reparations for black Americans would create a new class of victims ex nihilo—and violate every principle of justice.

California Leavin’

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Wildfire smoke comes and goes, but California’s haze of overregulation and high taxes never clears. Why businesses are getting out.

Going Dark

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Rolling electrical blackouts don’t just happen. They result from unwise commitments to solar and wind power.

“Afghanistan Will Never Be Denmark”

by Peter M. Robinson interview with H. R. McMastervia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Discussing his new book, Battlegrounds, Hoover fellow H. R. McMaster surveys the strategic landscape.

America, “a Force for Good”

by Russ Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Economics professor Glenn Loury sees not “systemic racism” but systemic problems—problems we can address without violence or attacks on American ideals.

Individuals in Action

by David Davenportvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Is “rugged individualism” selfish? Far from it. It’s what moves good people to build their communities of virtue, without waiting for government to do it for them.

Then They Came for Hamilton . . .

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

It’s a tough time to try to tell a balanced, complete, and (dare we say it?) inspiring story about American history.

Maleficent Marxism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Bitter experience should have cured the world long, long ago of the virulent virus called Marxism. But the disease always finds new hosts.

Epidemics—Even of “Wokeness”—Do Subside

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

America’s liberal tradition may, in the end, be the best medicine against the predations of an arrogant elite.

Mission to Baghdad

by Haidar Hadi, Rayan Ghazal, Erik Lunde, Jean McElwee Cannonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Just as it might have done a hundred years ago, the Hoover Archives has rescued, protected, and restored a historical treasure. The beneficiaries include scholars, of course, but above all the people of Iraq.

On the Cover

via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

This Hungarian poster offers a biting satire of a communist trope. Here the familiar “Red worker” of socialism, generally shown smashing capitalism with his sledgehammer, has accidentally smashed Hungary itself. 

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RED FLAG OVER HONG KONG

by Alvin Rabushka, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, David Newmanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

On July 1, 1997, the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong will cease to exist, becoming instead the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Will the new Hong Kong continue to flourish or stagnate? Hoover fellows Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alvin Rabushka and their coauthor, David Newman, assert that we will all be able to learn a great deal by watching the value of a single, critical item, the Hong Kong dollar.

The Outlook for Civil Comity

by Seymour Martin Lipsetvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Hoover fellow Seymour Martin Lipset looks at the data and concludes that the melting pot is still melting--but that American politics are at an angry boil.

Korea Opens Its Markets . . . Slowly

by Jongryn Movia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Reporting on two Hoover conferences on Korea, Hoover fellow Jongryn Mo asserts that Koreans are, slowly, opening their markets. And growing feisty.

History and Culture

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell offers a brilliant meditation on the grand theme of his new book, Migrations and Culture, and indeed of much of his life's work, history as "an anchor in reality."

A 1962 Flat-Tax Proposal Revisited

by Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Most of the flat-tax plans being bruited about in Washington today derive from the proposal that Hoover fellows Robert E. Hall and Alvin Rabushka made over a decade ago. As it happens, Hoover fellow Milton Friedman wrote about a flat tax more than three decades ago. Here Friedman presents that original plan.

For the Copts, Disaster and Diaspora

by Samuel Tadros, Mark L. Movsesianvia Hoover Digest

The Arab Spring is forcing Egypt’s Coptic Christians out of their homeland and into the world. Samuel Tadros on the destruction of an ancient community and culture.

“Are You Part of My Tribe?”

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest

David Mamet is one of this generation’s most acclaimed playwrights—and, as of an intellectual conversion just a few years ago, also one of its freshest political thinkers.

Comeback Country

by Kevin Warshvia Hoover Digest

Who should get the credit for America’s slowly improving economy? Not the politicians. By Kevin M. Warsh.

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